James Quigg/Associated Press Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. In the spring of 2012, Susan Futterman begged the clinicians at Kaiser Permanente in California to change her husband’s treatment. Fred Paroutaud, who at 57 years old was experiencing delusions and bouts of mania, had never experimented with drugs. But after he was released from a 72-hour detention in a psychiatric facility, Futterman says Kaiser gave him a low-dose anti-psychotic and told him to attend group therapy for substance users. Kaiser “told me they didn’t provide individual therapy,” Futterman remembers. When Paroutaud started becoming increasingly detached and depressed, Futterman got worried. “I was calling Kaiser every day multiple times a day and I couldn’t get through to anyone,” Futterman told me through tears. “It turned out that his psychiatrist was on vacation, and they didn’t have a policy of covering for each … [Read more...] about Kaiser Clinicians Say Kaiser’s Mental Health Care Is Awful
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HEALTH 12/17/2018 05:45 am ET A family's ongoing battle with UnitedHealth shows how insurance companies are failing children with psychiatric disorders. By Anita Raghavan One hot summer day in July 2013, a teenage boy with delicate lips and pale blue eyes gathered up his pillows, comforter and sheets and dumped them in the hallway. Logan was angry and feeling unwanted, he later told doctors. He was also bored. He had lost his privileges for not doing his homework and was cooped up alone in his family’s ranch-style house in Allen, Texas. His mother, Amanda Brown, and stepfather, Delton Brown, both software systems engineers, were away at work. His younger brother, Elijah, was in day care. Making his way to the kitchen, Logan found some matches on top of a cabinet and set the pile of bedding ablaze. When the fire marshals finally arrived, they found some smoldering linens and a 4-by-4-foot patch of damaged carpet exposing the concrete foundation. Logan was led away by … [Read more...] about Mental Health Care Coverage Is Leaving Kids Behind And Families Reeling
This finding in a new report on Minnesota’s health care outcomes is heartbreaking: Just 8 percent of adults who seek medical care for depression — one of the most common mental illnesses — will be in remission at six months. The situation is even grimmer when looking at past years’ findings from the nonprofit Minnesota Community Measurement (MCM) group, which gathers and reports information on health care quality, cost and patient experience to drive state improvement. The 8 percent remission figure hasn’t changed in the last three years, according to MCM’s latest report, which came out last week. That’s shocking in a state that’s home to world-class medical providers. The imperative to do better is both moral and economic, given that the loss of productivity attributed to depression is estimated at over $23 billion a year nationally. That’s why a respected business organization — the Minnesota Health Action Group — … [Read more...] about Business community lends its muscle to improve mental health care in Minnesota.
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Michaela Ramm The Gazette Medical marijuana — help or 'junk science'? What is the answer for Iowa? Iowa Board of Medicine names interim executive director HIV diagnoses down from last year, state health officials say Population growth spurs Cedar Rapids senior housing development boom UnitedHealthcare CEO leaves company All articles by Michaela CEDAR RAPIDS — More funding, cutting the red tape and a better system for individuals under the age of 18 are needed to help improve Iowa’s mental health system, local officials told a gubernatorial hopeful Fred Hubbell Tuesday. The Democratic Party candidate for governor continued his statewide tour to discuss the state of mental health care this week, with a stop in Cedar Rapids Tuesday morning at the Linn County Sheriff’s Office. There, he heard from … [Read more...] about Hubbell hears concerns on mental health care